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Samantha Punch
Samantha Punch
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Member Since
Sept. 17, 2015
Last Seen
Nov. 9
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Bridge Player
about me

Professor of Sociology at the University of Stirling, UK. Working to establish the 'Sociology of Bridge' as a new academic field and leading the Keep Bridge Alive campaign. Currently undertaking several bridge research projects, such as an exploration of partnership interactions and team dynamics including gendered inequalities; and a survey on the social benefits of playing bridge.

I play bridge for Scotland - in the women's team since 2008 (semi-finalist World Bridge Games 2016; 6 UK Lady Milne wins; qualifying for Venice Cup 2019) and in the open Camrose team (2013, 2016-18).   Twitter: @soc_of_bridge

United Kingdom

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Bridge Accomplishments
Winning Transnational Commonwealth Teams in Glasgow 2014; 6 wins UK Lady Milne Home Internationals; Semi-finalist World Bridge Games 2016 in Wroclaw, qualifying for Venice Cup 2019.
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Paula Leslie, Stephen Peterkin, Tim Rees
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An interesting message on my answering machine
The ACBL (and the ACBL Educational Foundation) have both given very generously to the Keep Bridge Alive campaign. When I met with both at the Spring national this year, I was impressed by their enthusiasm to support and be involved in the Keep Bridge Alive work. The KBA team are ...
What's in a Name?
The Director of IMSA (international mind sports association) wasn't too impressed when I met with him in China the other week. Previous BW threads on KBA have been quite negative about it as it isn't the impression we want to give to those we are trying to sell ...
What's in a Name?
The tricky thing is we won't necessarily know which ones you think are pretty good or pretty terrible until one gets decided. Then we will hear quite quickly what an awful decision has been made! We have a near impossible task of finding something that all stakeholders are ok ...
What's in a Name?
Bridge A Mind Sport for Life (terrible acronym though!)
What's in a Name?
Well I think we might have it - a young Scottish player, Martin Stephens, has just suggested: Bridge Inspires. What do you all think?
What's in a Name?
Something that reflects the intergenerational nature might work, such as Bridging Generations or Bridging Generations and Communities. It is also a name that probably needs to make sense in an academic research context as well as for practice. But catering for research and practice might be tricky. More from the ...
What's in a Name?
Bridge 4 the Future Bridge 2 the Future Then we could use a card for the number in the logo
What's in a Name?
Yes definitely ideas from younger players would be great. The projects are aimed at getting more people of all ages playing but in particular we want to attract more participation from young people. We need a name that can encompass all the bridge work across the lifecourse, as it would ...
What's in a Name?
Make Bridge Great Again? Although one of the research team (Ashley Rogers who came up with KBA) has pointed out that, like KBA, that suggests it’s not already great... Or someone on Twitter suggested Bridging Together. Research bodies do like a good acronym and a bridge related one like ...
What's in a Name?
Yes a new logo would be good too

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